SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Sen. Greg Clausen (DFL-Apple Valley) introduced legislation to appropriate $700,000 for design engineering costs for an effluent reuse system to be used for industrial cooling at the UMore Site in Rosemont. The proposal passed the Environment and Natural Resources Committee this week and was referred to the Jobs and Economic Growth Finance Committee. Effluent reuse is the process of converting wastewater to be reused for other purposes. In Sen. Clausen’s request, water from the nearby Empire Wastewater Treatment Plant that eventually flows into the Mississippi River would be rerouted and used for industrial cooling.
“By cleaning and reusing effluent water, Rosemount will be reducing their reliance on groundwater aquifers while providing a stable source of water for industrial cooling, processing and potentially irrigation,” Sen. Clausen said.
The City of Rosemount testified at the committee hearing in support of the funding. They are hopeful the successful effluent reuse project in Rosemount would function as a demonstration project for similar projects throughout the state. Once completed, the project would capture effluent and treat it to the appropriate Pollution Control Agency and industrial use standards to permit release to private companies.
“This is a win-win for the City of Rosemount, the environment, and local businesses,” Sen. Clausen said. “This facility could potentially bring down industry costs of doing business, create a competitive advantage in business attraction to our area, and help protect our precious water aquifers.”